by Claude Thomas

Psalm 121

Introduction: When you look at some men, it seems they have always had it together! We may secretly wish, "If only I had been able to experience what he did, then I would have it together, too."

The Psalmist is so like us in that he struggled with life. Psalm 121 is a confession of the his need and a recognition of God's provision.

Transition Statement: As you and I read the words of this Psalm, they certainly speak for us. They ask the powerful question . . .

I. Where can I find help?

Explanation: This was the question asked by the Psalmist in v. 1, "Where does my help come from?" To understand the question, let's look at the historical setting. Here is a picture of the Israelites preparing to go to Jerusalem for worship. As they were about to leave, they would fix their eyes on the mountains through which they would travel.

The mountains were dangerous. Trails were unsafe. Wild animals roamed the mountains. And robbers lived there. As the pilgrim going to worship viewed the mountains he asked, "where do I get help?"

Transition Statement: All of us ask that question. Perhaps you've asked it as recently as today.

Application: We are aware of our need of help. Circumstances which cause us to come face to face with our lack of strength may be different with different people, or very with us from time to time. But the question is universal.

Particular tasks or pressurized crises place a load upon us that we don't feel like we can handle by ourselves.

Illustration: Charles Stanley tells of being asked to teach homiletics, preaching, and evangelism in the Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute upon being called to the church, which is near Hendersonville, North Carolina. He had just finished seminary and had little preaching experience. He thought, "God, what's going on?"

Application: We've all been there. When the pressures come, we might also ask the same question. Certainly we adm ...

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